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C. Thomas Clayton

C. Thomas Clayton

Male Abt 1855 - Unknown

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  C. Thomas Clayton was born about 1855 in ____, ____, NC (son of Ephraim Bradshaw Clayton and Demeris E. Patman); died in Unknown.

    Family/Spouse: Martha Goodson. Martha died in Unknown. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. M. Clayton
    2. A. Clayton

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Ephraim Bradshaw Clayton was born on 25 Dec 1828 in ____, ____, NC (son of John "Swamp John" Clayton and Susan Wetzel); died on 4 May 1929; was buried after 4 May 1929 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.

    Other Events:

    • 1860 Census: 9 Aug 1860
    • 1870 Census: 26 Aug 1870
    • 1880 Census: 1880, Boyd, Transylvania Co., NC

    Notes:

    1860 Census:
    Davidsons River PO, Henderson Co., NC, p. 871

    1870 Census:
    Claytonville PO - Boyd, Transylvania Co., NC, p. 391

    1880 Census:
    National Archives Film T9-0983     Page 211A

              Relation  Sex  Marr Race Age  Birthplace
    E. Bradshaw CLAYTON Self M    M    W    52   NC   Occ: Farming        Fa: NC   Mo: NC
    Mary J. CLAYTON     Wife F    M    W    45   NC   Occ: Keeping H.     Fa: NC   Mo: NC
    Anna D. CLAYTON     Dau  F    S    W    21   NC   Occ: At Home        Fa: NC   Mo: NC
    John W.B. CLAYTON Son    M    S    W    20   NC   Occ: At School      Fa: NC   Mo: NC
    Johuph E. CLAYTON Son    M    S    W    13   NC   Occ: At School      Fa: NC   Mo: NC
    Mary M. CLAYTON     Dau  F    S    W    11   NC   Occ: At School      Fa: NC   Mo: NC
    Rebeccar H. CLAYTON Dau  F    S    W    8    NC                  Fa: NC      Mo: NC
    Dazie H. CLAYTON    Dau  F    S    W    1    NC                  Fa: NC      Mo: NC

    Ephraim married Demeris E. Patman before 1850. Demeris was born about 1832 in ____, ____, GA; died before 1863; was buried in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Demeris E. Patman was born about 1832 in ____, ____, GA; died before 1863; was buried in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.

    Notes:

    Buried:
    Headstone reads:
    D. E. Patmon w/o
    E. B. Clayton
    b. May 19, 18__
    d. Apr 14, ____

    Children:
    1. Nancy A. Clayton was born about 1853 in ____, ____, GA; died in Unknown.
    2. 1. C. Thomas Clayton was born about 1855 in ____, ____, NC; died in Unknown.
    3. Mary C. Clayton was born about 1858 in ____, ____, NC; died in Unknown.
    4. Susan Clayton died in Unknown.
    5. Anna Demeris "Ann" Clayton was born about 1859 in ____, ____, NC; died in Unknown.
    6. John W. Bradshaw Clayton was born about 1861 in ____, ____, NC; died in Unknown.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John "Swamp John" Clayton was born on 31 Dec 1785 in ____, Rowan Co., NC (son of Lambert Clayton and Sarah Davidson); died on 20 Aug 1868; was buried after 20 Aug 1868 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.

    Other Events:

    • Residence: 1791; ____, Buncombe Co., NC
    • 1810 Census: 1810
    • 1820 Census: 1820
    • 1830 Census: 1830
    • 1840 Census: 1840
    • 1860 Census: 10 Aug 1860, ____, Henderson Co., NC
    • Alt. Death: 2 Mar 1868

    Notes:

    Swamp John Clayton, who lived in the low lands on the northern bank of the French Broad River, was for sometime Chairman of the Buncombe COunty Court.  He served in the North Carolina House of Commons in 1826, 1827, and 1828 and again in 1831, 1832, and 1836.  He was a member of the North Carolina Senate in 1833.

    1810 Census:
    ____, Buncombe Co., NC, p. 85, 00100-20100-00

    1820 Census:
    ____, Buncombe Co., NC, p. 110, 300010-22010-2

    1830 Census:
    ____, Buncombe Co., NC, p. 217, 110 400 100 0000 - 111 211 000 0000

    1840 Census:
    ____, Henderson Co., NC, p. 134, as John Clayton Sr., 011 100 010 0000 - 311 100 100 0000

    1860 Census:
    Davidson River PO, p. 872 (p. 172)
    John Clayton          72  M   Farmer  $6000  $4000  (NC)
    Susan                    73   F      
    Elizabeth                31   F
    Florida                    10   F                                                   school
    Zoriah                      8   F                                                      "
    George W Wilson   19  M   Farm Laborer

    Mary A Clayton       42  F                ----         ----     SC
    Thomas                   17  M                                        NC        school
    John                        15  M                                                          "
    Esther                      13  F                                                          "
    David                       12  M                                                          "
    Esther Leaster        73  F                                         SC

    John married Susan Wetzel on 1 Feb 1806 in ____, Buncombe Co., NC. Susan (daughter of Jacob Wetzel and Margaret Summy) was born on 25 Nov 1787 in ____, Lincoln Co., NC; died on 26 Sep 1872 in ____, Transylvania Co., NC; was buried after 26 Sep 1872 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Susan Wetzel was born on 25 Nov 1787 in ____, Lincoln Co., NC (daughter of Jacob Wetzel and Margaret Summy); died on 26 Sep 1872 in ____, Transylvania Co., NC; was buried after 26 Sep 1872 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.

    Other Events:

    • Alt. Death: 26 Sep 1873, ____, Transylvania Co., NC

    Children:
    1. Ruth Clayton was born on 28 Nov 1808 in ____, ____, NC; died on 19 Sep 1885.
    2. Ann Clayton was born in 1809; died in Unknown.
    3. Sarah Clayton was born in 1810; died in Unknown.
    4. Thomas Davidson Clayton was born on 25 Sep 1813 in ____, ____, NC; died on 31 Oct 1850; was buried after 31 Oct 1850 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.
    5. George Clayton was born on 9 May 1815 in ____, ____, NC; died in Unknown.
    6. Jane L. Clayton was born on 6 Jul 1817 in ____, ____, NC; died on 29 May 1871.
    7. John Clayton was born about 1819; died before 1840.
    8. Rachael Clayton was born on 13 Jun 1821; died on 28 Mar 1847.
    9. James Wiley "Jim" Clayton was born on 2 Mar 1823 in ____, ____, NC; died on 19 Jan 1908; was buried after 19 Jan 1908 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.
    10. Elizabeth Clayton was born about May 1826 in ____, ____, NC; died in Unknown.
    11. 2. Ephraim Bradshaw Clayton was born on 25 Dec 1828 in ____, ____, NC; died on 4 May 1929; was buried after 4 May 1929 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.
    12. Mary Ann Clayton was born on 3 Jun 1832; died in 1914.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Lambert Clayton was born on 22 Jun 1755 in Rising Sun near Dover, Kent Co., DE (son of George Clayton and Sarah Dodson Lambert); died on 12 Jul 1828 in ____, Buncombe Co., NC; was buried after 12 Jul 1828 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.

    Other Events:

    • Alt. Death: ____, Buncombe Co., NC
    • Alt. Birth: 22 Jan 1755, Dover, Kent Co., DE
    • 1790 Census: 1790, ____, Iredell Co., NC
    • 1800 Census: 1800
    • 1810 Census: 1810
    • 1820 Census: 1820
    • Alt. Burial: Aft 12 Jul 1828, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC

    Notes:

    One of the key mysteries of Lambert Clayton is the identity of his wife. He married Sarah Davidson on 14 Dec 1782.   We know her name, but there is serious uncertainty in who her parents were.

    Marriage Certificate for Lambert Clayton and Sarah Davidson: (from "Lambert Clayton", by Maxwell)

    "Be it remembered that we have bound ourselves and each of us and each of our heirs, heirs executors, and administrators, jointly and severally firmly by these present to the state of N. C. in the sum of 50 pounds special on the following conditions to-wit, that there shall not hereafter appear any lawful cause why the rites of matrimony should not be solemnized between Lambert Clayton and Sarah Davidson agreeeable to a license of equal date with this obligation.  Witness our hand and seals this the 14 day of Dec. anno Domini 1782.
                            Lambert Clayton (Seal)
                            Jas. Ker  (Seal)

    "Test:
        S. H. C.
    North Carolina, Rowan County.

       I, John Giles, Cleark of Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for said county, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the marriage bond of Lambert Clayton taken from the original files of my office.
       In witness I have herein set my hand and office seal of said court at office the 12th day of April A. D. 1844.
                                John Giles, Clerk, by John H. Hardie, D. C."

    The Lambert Clayton book goes on to say that "Sarah Davidson ...  was the daughter of John Davidson and Nancy Brevard, both of whom were killed by the Indians on the headwaters of Catawba River, in North Carolina, prior to the Revolutionary War, the exact date and place is not known.  The daughter escaped by reason of being on a visit to her grandfather, John Brevard, and she was raised by her uncle, Dr. Ephraim Brevard.

    "John Davidson was a brother (first cousin) of Genl. Wm. Davidson and (uncle of Gen.) Ephraim Davidson, both of whom took part in the War of the Revolution."

    Robert Stephens Hand in his book on the Davidson Family points out that there are several problems with this assignment.  John Davidson was the son of Col. George Davidson and Catherine Penelope Reese who were married in 1749, probably in Stateville area of North Carolina.  John Davidson was their first child, and he was born about 1750.  He married Nancy Brevard who was born about 1757.  Rowan County records place their marriage as being 27 Nov 1779.   The date of the massacre has been suggested to be either about July 1776 or 1782.  If they were not married until 1779, then 1782 is a more reasonable date for the massacre.  But anyway, any child of that marriage would only be 3 years old at the most.  And that is the year that Lambert Clayton was married!  Were Sarah Davidson to be 14 when she was married, John Davidson would then be about 18 at her birth and Nancy Brevard would be 11.  Further, Sarah Davidson Clayton is quoted as being born in 1759.   Whereas this date is a reasonable date for the date of birth for the wife of Lambert Clayton, this date is not reasonable for a daughter at the massacre as she would be somewhere between 17 and 23 at the time.
    _____________

    SACRED
    to the Memory of
    LAMBERT CLAYTON
    who was born near Dover, Delaware
    June 22, 1755
    and died July 12, 1828

    Having entered the American Army, 1776, he
    served his country faithfully during the whole war;
    was present at the battles of Kings Mountain,
    Guilford Courthouse and Eutaw Springs,
    and received, at the close of the war,
    an honorable discharge

    Notes: His service in the Revolution may be as depicted above; however, he never mentioned any of this in his Pension application and documentation has been found for only one year's service.

    His Pension papers in which he gives his age indicates that he was born, maybe 1760/61.

    Also nothing in the claim supports what is on his tombstone for service. However, the known documents support what is in the Pension Application.

    Virginia

    ============================================================

    Original Claim
    Declaration, in order to be placed on the pension list, under the act of the 18th March, 1818

    County of Buncombe, State of North Carolina
    On this 23rd day of June, 1825, personally appeared in court being a court of
    record by the laws of this state, Lambert Clayton resident in said County,
    aged sixty four years, who being first duely, according to law doth on his oath
    make the following Declaration, in order to obtain the provision made the
    acts of Congress of the 18th March 1818, & the 1st May 1820:  that he the said
    Lambert Clayton, enlisted for the term of one year, on the twelfth Day of May in
    the year 1781, in the State of North Carolina in the company commanded by
    captain John G. McKee, in the first regiment commanded by Col Sumner in the line
    of the state of North Carolina, on the ( blank    ) continental establishment;
    that he continued to serve in said Corps until the 12th day  of May 1782,
    when he was Discharged from the service at Stono, in the State of South
    Carolina:--
    ___________

    Lambert Clayton entered the American Army in 1776 and served during the whole War.  He was present at the battles of Kings Mountain, Guilford Courthouse, Eutaw Springs.  He received an honorable discharge at the end of the war.

    According to the pension rolls of the U.S.A., Vol 3, pages 25 and 514; private allowance, $96.00; annual sum $259.16.

    N. C. Continentals
    January 31, 1826
    June 23, 1825
        Age 70
    Buncombe County

    Lambert Clayton, Sergeant of Company commanded by Capt. McLees in first Regiment commanded by Col. Sumner.  Discharged at Stono, SC.

    1790 Census:
    p. 389 
    George Clayton          1-2-5-0-1
    ...
    Lambert Clayton         1-4-2-0-1
    ...
    Joseph Davidson       1-0-1-0-2
    Alexander Davidson  1-3-5-0-0

    1800 Census:
    ____, Buncombe Co., NC, p. 165, 03010-30010-01

    1810 Census:
    ____, Buncombe Co., NC, p. 84, 10101-21101-00

    1820 Census:
    ____, Buncombe Co., NC, p. 110, 001101-00101-2

    Lambert married Sarah Davidson on 14 Dec 1782 in ____, Rowan Co., NC. Sarah (daughter of Thomas Davidson and Sarah [--?--]) was born on 25 Dec 1759; died on 20 Mar 1843 in ____, Henderson Co., NC; was buried after 20 Mar 1843 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Sarah Davidson was born on 25 Dec 1759 (daughter of Thomas Davidson and Sarah [--?--]); died on 20 Mar 1843 in ____, Henderson Co., NC; was buried after 20 Mar 1843 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.

    Other Events:

    • Alt. Death: ____, Buncombe Co., NC
    • Alt. Death: 20 Mar 1813
    • Alt. Death: 1815

    Notes:

    After Lambert's death, Sarah Davidson Clayton lived with her daughter Henrietta and her husband Elijah Young.
    ______________

    Sarah Davidson Clayton died the 20 March 1843.  This is on her tombstone, in her obit, and in the Pension papers where she drew a Rev. War Widows Pension.  She is buried in Davidson River Cemetery, now in Transylvania County, NC, but was in Henderson County when she died.  [This is one of those spots that was in Rutherford County when the Clayton's moved there, was then in Buncombe County, then Henderson County, and finally today is Transylvania County.]
    _____________

    I have been trying to identify the true parentage of Sarah Davidson, wife of Lambert Clayton.  One of the clues that I noticed in studying the names of her children and grandchildren was that most of the time the name Thomas was given, the middle name of Davidson was given.

    There are several examples of this:

       Thomas Davidson Clayton, s/o Lambert & Sarah Davidson
       Thomas Davidson Clayton, s/o John Clayton & Susan Wetzel
       Thomas Davidson Neill, s/o George Clayton Neill & Nancy Ann Clayton
       Thomas Davidson Brittain, s/o William Brittain & Rachel Clayton
    and more in the following generations. (Surprisingly, it is not seen in the Orr family that I have found.)

    The only other grandchildren named Thomas that I am aware of are:

       Thomas Young, s/o Elijah Young & Henrietta Clayton
       Thomas L.(?) Clayton, s/o Ephraim Clayton & Nancy McElroy

    And the use of Davidson as a middle name in those generations was exclusively used with a forename of Thomas.

    And there was no Thomas Davidson that I am aware of in the Old Buncombe county area in this time period. So, as a working assumption, I theorized that maybe her father's name was Thomas Davidson.

    Here is what we know about Sarah:

    * According to her tombstone she was born on or about 25 Dec 1759.
    * She married in Rowan County, NC on 14 December 1782.
    * She died in what is now Transylvania county 20 March 1843, probably at the home of her daughter Henrietta Young.
    * She was buried in Davidson River Cemetery. Tombstone Reading:
       SACRED
       to the memory of
       SARAH
       relict of
       LAMBERT CLAYTON who was born
       December 25, 1759
       and died March 20, 1843

    Then there's a statement that I can't read all of in this picture
         "With her patriotic spirit
           of the women of - 70
          she (can't read this part)
          that made her (can't read)
          beloved (not lamented)"

    The tombstones for Lambert and Sarah appear to be of the period of about 1850.  I suspect his was not erected when he died, but both were probably put up shortly after she died.

    * Lambert Clayton was born in Delaware in 1755 and served in the Rev War.
    * Iredell County was broken off from Rowan County in 1782.

    Census Data:

    Lambert Clayton
    1790  Iredell Co., NC, p. 155 (389), 1-4-2-0-1
    1800  Buncombe Co., NC, p. 165, 03010-30010-01 (Sarah 26-45, Sarah b. 1755-1774)
    1810  Buncombe Co., NC, p. 84, 10101-21101-00 (Sarah >45, Sarah b. bef 1765)
    1820  Buncombe Co., NC, p. 110, 001101-00101-2 (Sarah >45)

    James Neill
    1830  Buncombe Co., NC, p. 206, 120 021 000 0000 - 000 001 001 0000 (?Sarah 60-70)

    Elijah Young
    1830  Buncombe Co., NC, p. 223, 200 001 000 0000 - 010 010 001 0000 (?Sarah 60-70)
    1840  Henderson Co., NC, p. 131, 322 001 000 0000 - 011 001 000 1000 (Sarah 70-80)

    The census data is consistent with her birth in 1759/1760, probably no later than 1765.

    It is time to review various existing theories.

    The Mary Maxwell 1927 Lambert Clayton book says that "Sarah Davidson ... was the daughter of John Davidson and Nancy Brevard, both of whom were killed by the Indians on the headwaters of Catawba River, in North Carolina, prior to the Revolutionary War, the exact date and place is not known.  The daughter escaped by reason of being on a visit to her grandfather, John Brevard, and she was raised by her uncle, Dr. Ephraim Brevard."

    Robert Stephens Hand in his book on the Davidson Family points out that there are several problems with this assignment.  Judge John Davidson was the son of Col. George Davidson and Catherine Penelope Reese who were married in 1749, probably in Statesville area of North Carolina.  John Davidson was their first child.

    John was born about 1750 in Rowan Co. (known as Anson Co. at the time). Nancy Brevard was the daughter of John Brevard and Jane McWhorter of Rowan County, and she was born about 1757.  They were married in Rowan County, NC on 27 Nov 1779.

    The date of the massacre has been suggested to be either about July 1776 or 1782.  If they were not married until 1779, then 1782 is a more reasonable date for the massacre.  But anyway, any child of that marriage would only be 3 years old at the most.  And that is the year that Lambert Clayton was married!  Clearly, these dates do not match up. What is clear is that this raid is real; and Sarah Davidson was not the child who survived.

    However, Indian attacks on the Carolina frontier were common. Maybe the legend of an Indian attack killing her parents is real, but the names of parents were confused.

    Another theory that has been recently proposed to me is that she was the daughter of John one eye Davidson and Jane. This promoted by two items:

    * first, the names of the first children of Lambert and Sarah were John and Jane whose names do not fit the family. (However, Jane ?Tucker (Davidson) Morrison may have recently died, and this is a way of honoring John and Jane Davidson - see below.)

    * second, there was supposedly an inscription on Sarah's tombstone indicating that her parents were One eye John and Jane; however, recent photos and readings do not bear this out.

    I believe that several Davidsons of this family have vision problems, notably lazy eye or crossed eye. The designation "One Eye" might refer to a number of people, but in this time period, it was the common nickname for Col. George's youngest brother John, who was born in 1744 in Augusta County, VA and died in 1825 in Maury Co., TN. The key challenge that I have NOW with this is that John was in Burke county - his mother JANE ?Tucker married William Morrison after the death of his father John Davidson in 1749, and William and Jane removed to Burke county with family where they lived, as recorded in 1790 census. Sarah was married from Rowan county. And the ages are also a challenge. Of course, there could be an issue of an out of wedlock child, but ...

    OK.

    This led me to research all of the known Davidson families in the area to see where a Sarah could fit.  (E.g., Family of Joseph, Family of Alexander, Family of Samuel of Augusta Co., VA - including sons James and Benjamin, John Davidson of Mecklenburg Co., NC, George Davidson - Old John's Brother).  I needed to find a Sarah, born about 1759, and most families already had a Sarah accounted for.

    I also looked into the possibility that Sarah might have been a young widow.  But I could not within those families find a man who had married a Sarah, who could have been born in 1759, who had died before 1782.  But this is trickier as we are now looking 20 years later when more families entered the area and more possibilities exist.

    I also searched through the known Davidson lines in the area for any Thomas Davidsons that might have been old enough to have had a daughter born in 1759-1765 time frame.

    The most likely Thomas that I could find was the most obvious: Thomas (b. abt. 1730, Ireland), son of old John Davidson (b. abt 1709 - d. 1749) who was the brother of Col. George, Samuel, Maj. William, and John One-eye Davidson and whose family history has not been documented anywhere that I have found.

    Little has been recorded about this Thomas Davidson. What was known in family stories is that he went to Charleston and died there and left a family. It had also been alluded to that he was the Thomas Davidson who served in the Revolution and was at Cowan's Ford with Gen. Davidson.

    Based on this, I began inquiries with the South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History concerning wills, deeds, and any other documents extant mentioning Thomas Davidson.  I found two distinct individuals.

    1.  I found a Thomas Davidson of Culleton Co. who was married to a Rosanna, who served in the War and drew a pension, and died in November 1807. I have not yet found a will for this individual or any estate papers. The papers that I do have talk about a man with young children. Based on the census reports, I am going to suggest that this Thomas Davidson was born in the 1760s. This is not my candidate.  However, based on the documents that I now have, I think that this individual could somehow tied into the family.

    2.  I found a Thomas Davidson who left a will in 1764 in Charleston County. He addressed it to two of his brothers George and William to act as his executors.  His wife's name was Sarah and he mentions a daughter Sarah. His land was based on a grant from Matthew Rowan on Fishing Creek given in 1754 that because of a boundary change between North and South Carolina became part of South Carolina.

    I have the following documents:

        * WPA transcript of this will;

    Will of Thomas Davidson - Will Book, 1760-1767, p 419.

    Thomas Davidson, wife Sarah, dau. Sarah Davidson.  1 March 1764
    George and William Davidson are executors.
    Samuel West, Andrew Neill, Samuel Davidson, - witnesses
    Proved: 6 sept 1764. Qualified William and George Davidson as Executors.

        * copy of the original clerk's copy that the WPA transcript was made from;

        * copy of a Mar 1775 document - part of a series of actions that were being made at the time to sort out land that was changing province as a result of the new boundary between NC and SC: from George Davidson that identifies the source of the land patent from Matthew Rowan to Thomas Davidson, deceased.  It also identifies George Davidson as the current owner;

        * copy of an Indenture made 3 June 1778 between Sarah Davidson of Rowan County and Thomas and Samuel Carson of Camden District, Craven Co., SC regarding the sale of the land.

    I believe that this Thomas Davidson is the son of Old John Davidson, and that he and his wife Sarah are very likely to be the parents of the Sarah Davidson who married Lambert Clayton.

    Further, I believe, although more work needs to be done in North Carolina records, that Sarah Davidson and her daughter went back to Rowan County to live with the family of Col. George Davidson, her brother-in-law, (or maybe she went to live with her own family in Rowan Co. that is still unidentified.)

    Some additional commentary: Thomas Davidson would have been in his early 30s at the time of his death in the 1760s. It could be assumed that his daughter would be young so the time frame of our Sarah is appropriate. As he had just one child mentioned in the will also suggests that the Thomas Davidson of the will was young.

    A young death could be disease or accident, but it could also be because of an Indian raid. It is also possible that his wife died as we have no record of her remarriage. The Sarah Davidson in 1777 could have been either daughter or mother.

    What is left to be proved?

    First, we need to find some way to prove that this daughter Sarah was the Sarah who married Lambert Clayton.  This may prove difficult unless we can find some record of her mother's death and a will to go along with it.

    Second, who was Sarah Davidson's mother. There is one story that the name Scott is somehow involved with the family. Some people actually give her name as Sarah Scott Davidson. There was definitely a Scott family in the area where they lived in SC as I have a document signed by a Scott. Sarah, who would have been born about 1740, could also be from a number of the early families in Rowan County. I suspect that because of the story dealing with the Brevard family, that she might turn out to be a Brevard. And that she might have lived with them after Tom's death and not with the Davidsons.

    We need to look into more probate and land records in North Carolina to see if we can find solid additional clues.

    I welcome comments and suggestions.

    John Lisle
    Nashua, NH
    16 September 2003

    Buried:
    SACRED
    to the memory of
    SARAH
    relict of
    LAMBERT CLAYTON who was born
    December 25, 1759
    and died March 20, 1843

    "With her patriotic spirit
    of the women of - 76
    she (can't read this part)
    that made her (can't read)
    beloved (not lamented)"

    The tombstones for Lambert and Sarah appear to be of the period of about 1850.  I suspect his was not erected when he died, but both were probably put up shortly after she died.

    Children:
    1. Jane Clayton was born on 6 Nov 1783 in ____, Buncombe Co., NC; died on 1 Mar 1873 in ____, Transylvania Co., NC; was buried after 1 Mar 1873 in Orr Cemetery - Little River, Transylvania Co., NC.
    2. 4. John "Swamp John" Clayton was born on 31 Dec 1785 in ____, Rowan Co., NC; died on 20 Aug 1868; was buried after 20 Aug 1868 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.
    3. George Clayton was born on 11 Mar 1788 in ____, ____, NC; died on 16 Nov 1876.
    4. Thomas Davidson Clayton was born on 26 Jul 1790 in ____, ____, NC; died on 14 Nov 1872 in ____, Cecil Co., MD.
    5. Nancy Ann Clayton was born on 7 May 1793 in ____, ____, NC; died on 1 Aug 1840; was buried after 1 Aug 1840 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.
    6. Sarah S. Clayton was born on 19 Oct 1798 in ____, Buncombe Co., NC; died on 26 May 1874; was buried after 26 May 1874 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.
    7. Rachel Clayton was born on 8 May 1799 in ____, Buncombe Co., NC; died on 21 Oct 1884; was buried after 21 Oct 1884 in Mills River Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mills River Twp., Henderson Co., NC.
    8. Henrietta Clayton was born on 13 Mar 1802; died on 17 Feb 1849.
    9. Col. Ephraim Clayton was born on 9 Mar 1804 in ____, ____, NC; died on 9 Aug 1892 in Emma, Buncombe Co., NC; was buried after 9 Aug 1892 in Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC.

  3. 10.  Jacob Wetzel was born in 1746 in Gibsonville, Guilford Co., NC; died in 1824 in ____, Buncombe Co., NC; was buried after 1824 in ____, Buncombe Co., NC.

    Other Events:

    • 1810 Census: 1810
    • 1820 Census: 1820

    Notes:

    1810 Census:
    ____, Buncombe Co., NC, p. 85, 01001-01001-00

    1820 Census:
    ____, Buncombe Co., NC, p. 112, 100011-00101-2

    Jacob married Margaret Summy in 1767. Margaret (daughter of Hance Peter Summy and Margaret Mertz) was born in 1748 in ____, Lancaster Co., PA; died in 1832 in ____, Buncombe Co., NC. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Margaret Summy was born in 1748 in ____, Lancaster Co., PA (daughter of Hance Peter Summy and Margaret Mertz); died in 1832 in ____, Buncombe Co., NC.
    Children:
    1. Rebecca Wetzel was born about 1773 in ____, ____, NC; died in Unknown in ____, Fannin Co., GA.
    2. Catherine Wetzel was born in 1775 in ____, Lincoln Co., NC; died in 1845 in ____, Rabun Co., GA.
    3. 5. Susan Wetzel was born on 25 Nov 1787 in ____, Lincoln Co., NC; died on 26 Sep 1872 in ____, Transylvania Co., NC; was buried after 26 Sep 1872 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.
    4. Sarah "Sallie" Wetzel was born on 12 Jun 1790 in ____, ____, NC; died on 8 May 1888; was buried after 8 May 1888 in Davidson River Cemetery, Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC.